21.04.20. Birdlog.

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An after work ramble along the tracks of No.6 tank and a look in on the ‘phalarope pool’ didn’t produced the sought for Pectoral Sandpiper, so I guess the ‘yank has left the tank’.

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A shy Common Snipe chose a patch of rushes to hide out in. A few Eurasian Teal and Black-tailed Godwit were really the only other birds of note.

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A small number of Pied Avocet were busy defending their territories, particularly against a Common Buzzard propecting the area.

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Walking back to No.6 tank and a peep over the banks immediately provided a fine adult summer Little Gull. The Long-tailed Duck was again with the Tufted Duck flock and a couple of Western Marsh Harrier were over the distant reed beds.

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Walking along Moorditch Lane and a large flock of hirundines headed north east high above me. Four Brown Rat were by the stables in the pony field by the motorway bridge.

 

Observer: WSM (video & images 1-8).

Image 9-10 by Nigel Case.

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A walk along Brook Furlong Lane, the Manchester Ship Canal and River Weaver after work this afternoon. Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap were vocal along the lane and a pair of European Stonechat were on the fence on Alder Lane.

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Barn Swallow and Sand Martin were foraging near to Marsh Farm with c40 Sand Martin checking out last years nest sight.

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A Canada Goose was incubating its clutch in a hollowed out wooden structure along the ship canal. Duck numbers were low on both the river and canal with just a few Tufted Duck, Mallard, Eurasian Teal and Common Shelduck being noted.

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There were 5 Common Sandpiper which were active on the river bank with a pair of Eurasian Oystercatcher defending their territory. Surprisingly no Pied Avocet were seen or heard on my walk.

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There were 3 Common Swift were hawking over the river and finally summer has arrived.

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More  Brown Hare were seen during my peramble.

Observer: Paul Ralston (images 11-17).

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